HOW TO RECOGNIZE PRIDE IN YOUR LIFE

Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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PRIDE. How do we know if we’re guilty of it. By its very nature, pride does not see itself. So, let’s ask ourselves these seven questions to determine if there is pride in our lives. And if there is, let’s repent and drive it out in the Name of Jesus:

1–Is there strife in my life? “Where there is strife, there is pride” (Proverbs 13: 10a). Strife is always the fruit of pride. Indeed, there can be no strife unless pride enters first. As we eliminate pride from our lives, we will eliminate strife as well. 

2–Is there fear or worry in my life? Fear and worry reveal my toxic reliance on myself instead of on God. Fear and worry reveal that I want control because I think I can handle things better than God. This is pride. 

3–Do I worry about what people think of me? The Bible says that people-pleasers cannot serve God because they are more concerned about what others think of them than about what God thinks of them: “If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant” (Galatians 1: 10). Whenever we elevate man above God, we are guilty of pride.

4–Do I have an “entitlement mentality”? Do I think that the world owes me something? Do I think I deserve to have this or that? The truth is we deserve nothing but Hell were it not for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. An entitlement mentality is a clear sign of pride.  

5–Do I think I”m better than someone else? Pride exalts itself and diminishes others. The Bible says this: “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves” (Philippians 2: 3).

6–Am I a hypocrite? In other words, do I act one way at home and another way in public? “But they do all their deeds to be noticed by men….” (Matthew 23: 5). This, again is pride.

7–Do I resist submitting to God-given authority? Do I buck my husband, my boss, my pastor, my parents? Do I refuse to submit to them or do I give them a hard time? Let’s remember this word of the Lord: “Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft” (1 Samuel 15: 23).

Every day I must examine myself for signs of pride. It is an insidious sin and the one that got Adam and Eve expelled from the Garden of Eden. They questioned God’s integrity, deeming that they knew better than God. To question God’s integrity is pride–plain and simple.

My Prayer for Us Today: “May God reveal to us any areas of pride in our lives, and may He give us the grace to renounce it once and for all.”

Now, it’s YOUR turn: Do you struggle with pride? If so, how do you overcome it? Please leave your valued comment in the box below. 

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4 thoughts on “HOW TO RECOGNIZE PRIDE IN YOUR LIFE

  1. When it comes to witnessing, I don’t want to worry about what people think of me. I want to say what God wants me to say, to whomever He wants me to say it, whenever He wants it said. That’s an area that I am working hard to overcome.

    • Thank you for your comment, Tracey. As I examine my own heart every day, I grieve at how often pride gets in. But praise the Lord for His mercy and grace. As we humble ourselves before the Lord and yield to His Holy Spirit, He lives His life of humility in us and through us. Praise His Holy Name!

  2. After reading this, MaryAnn; I must be guilty of ‘pride,’ and I will ask the Lord to show me the way to strike it down.

    • Dear Sujen, I think we are all guilty of pride at one time or another. Just confess your sin, repent of it, and ask Jesus to cleanse you. See His promise in 1 John 1: 9.

      We live the Christian life not by striking down our sin. We live the Christian life by renouncing the temptation to sin and then asking the Lord to live His life through us. Consider this powerful verse in Galatians 2: 20: “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

      We can never overcome pride—or any sin, for that matter–in our own strength. But we can turn from the temptation to sin and allow Jesus to live His righteous life through us. It is His new life in us that sets us free from sin.